FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Cedar County Emergency Management, in conjunction with Cedar County Public Health, has launched an informational webpage regarding the county’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic: www.cedarcountycovid19.org
Jodi Freet, Director of Cedar County Emergency Management said, “We know that the amount of incorrect information regarding COVID-19 being shared through social media and other avenues is very overwhelming to our Cedar County residents. After consulting with our partners at Cedar County Public Health, this website was launched to provide a create a ‘one-stop location’ for local information sharing and guidance throughout the duration of the COVID-19 event.” The website, available at www.cedarcountycovid19.org, provides links to official sources and information about the COVID-19 virus and will also include information received from Cedar County businesses regarding reduced hours, reduced staffing and any other changes in business operations in attempt to stop the community spread of this illness. Businesses, churches, community groups and other organizations serving Cedar County are encouraged to email Freet at email@example.com changes to typical operations so that this information can be shared on the www.cedarcountycovid19.orgwebsite as well. Freet also urged the public to remain calm, and not to panic about COVID-19.
“The most important thing to keep in mind is that residents can make a difference in the community spread of this illness. Practicing good handwashing, covering your cough, and observing social distancing will make a difference,” emphasized Bonnie Butler, interim Director, Cedar County Public Health. “For those without access to the Internet, residents can call the Iowa Department of Public Health Information line at 211 or Cedar County Public Health at 563-886-2226 with questions about this changing situation.”
The official posting location for the Cedar County Emergency Management Commission and the Cedar County Joint 911 Service Board will be as follows: the Emergency Management Agency Administrative Offices (1410 Cedar Street, Tipton, IA); the Cedar County Courthouse (400 Cedar Street, Tipton, IA); or the Cedar County EMA website, ema.cedar-county.org. Agendas for all meetings will be posted at least 24 hours in advance of the meeting start time.
Emergency management is the managerial function charged with creating the framework within which communities reduce vulnerability to hazards and cope with disasters. This is coordinated effort, involving not only local, state, and federal governmental agencies, but also volunteer organizations and private sector businesses. Within an integrated framework, all of these groups work together to assist citizens and their communities to prepare for, respond to, recover from, and eliminate or reduce the effects of natural, man-made, civil, and technological emergencies and disasters.
From natural disasters to acts of terror, we are aware of the all too frequent events that impact our lives, our communities, and even countries halfway around the world. No single agency has the capacity, skills and resources, with which to address these disasters successfully. Disasters demand a combined and coordinated approach, linking the expertise and resources of the emergency management community and local authorities with a variety of other organizations. You can help by being prepared.
To many, responding to disasters and emergencies does not come naturally. Cedar County response efforts have been developed through the use of thorough and informed planning, training, exercises, and unfortunately, experience of responding to past disasters. Emergency management is more than just responding to an event; it is a continuous circle of planning, testing, evaluating and mitigating. Learn more about the Emergency Management Planning Cycle and the events that have occurred in Cedar County.
Training is essential to our mission. Local responders can check this link for information regarding upcoming course descriptions
Click on this link for information regarding our Office's calendar for additional training opportunities and public education meetings.
From river gauges to radar, from traffic cameras to winter weather information, these links are some of the tools we use to help prepare Cedar County.
Cedar County Emergency Management
400 Cedar Street
Tipton, IA 52772
1410 Cedar Street, Tipton, Iowa 52772, United States
08:30 am – 03:30 pm
Or call for an appointment... (563) 886-3355
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Last updated: 6/02/2020